Which is it?
the general belief worldwide that the word,
is Turkish, the reader would be well informed to know that, as a matter of fact,
word is Greek. Similar to the custom of residents of San Francisco
and of New York who refer to their large urban areas as "the City," the
Byzantines did exactly the same. Not only do San Franciscans call it "the
City," they also constantly call South San Francisco [their southern industrial
neighbor], simply, "South City." City-bound suburbanite New Yorkers or San
Franciscans, when asked where are they going, more likely will respond:
"to the City."
These are the exact
same words a Byzantine would utter in Greek when responding to the same
question. Namely, "ees-teen
or "to the Polis" (that is, to the City,
or to Constantinople). The refined elegance and euphony of the Greek
enunciation deteriorated under the brusqueness of the language of the substitute
occupants of Constantinople and became what we hear today, the grotesque "is-tan-bool."
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